Broadblue introduced the 42 at the 2003 Southampton Boat Show as a striking, modern multihull to re-establish itself in the catamaran market. Her performance under sail is sticky in light airs but otherwise impressive given her displacement, and unlike some cats she has an easy motion. Below decks her interior is light and airy, with close to 360 degree vision in the saloon. The joinery is good quality, demonstrated by the saloon table which has an inlaid chessboard. A spacious galley, practical berths and a good-size chart table complete the picture. She would make a safe and comfortable platform for extended cruising and liveaboard use, and is designed to take nearly 3,000kg of stores and equipment without performance suffering too badly – and watertight bulkheads at all four ends make her virtually unsinkable.
LOA 12.80m (42ft), LWL 11.38m (37ft 4in), beam 6.70m (22ft), draught 1.25m (4ft 1in),
displacement 9,100kg (20,061lb). Price guide: £209,000 to £260,000. YM Test Report December 2003.